Miksu (5046) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - DEC 27, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
0.5 l bottle. Reddish black color with creamy quickly diminishing head. Sweetish, toasty, toffeish and nutty aroma. Sweet softly roasty flavor with notes of cola, coffee, toffee and licorice. Easy drinking beer with low bitterness and sugary sweetness. Lacks the deep flavors one expects from a 8 % abv beer.
leaparsons (9939) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black with a very small head. Aromas are earthy and prickly with coffee and molasses. Flavours are caramel and chocolate malts. Quite sweet with liquorice. Dry on the finish. Pretty decent.
Palidor19 (3165) - Brandon, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thin and sweet, but very tasty. Its got the flavor of a nice sweet stout with a pleasant feeling of taste. Still, a very worthy drinking beer.
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is sweet with chocolate, roasted malt, and molasses. The appearance is dark brown with a small head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin for a stout. Overall it’s pretty good but not world class.
jimhilt (2558) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 18, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a light tan, four-finger head that goes slowly and leaving some lace. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Almost black color, hints of mahogany. Nose is chocolate/licorce. Flavor is sweet licorce/chocolate, some hoppy bitterness at finish. $4.95 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.
TBone (16194) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 15, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled (BB 10/2009)
Dark ruby - almost opaque - color, good creamy beige head. Aroma has smokey roasted malts and wood, milk chocolate and similar lactose smell than in unclean taps, I have noticed similar in some Czech lagers. Quite full-bodied. Lactose, light smokey-licorice-roasted malts flavors. Alcohol and hops kick slightly in the finish. Aftertaste is warming with licorice flavors. This is more Sweet Stout than FES, but there is some similarities to Camerun version of Guinness FES. Didn’t impress me, I wonder if cellaring matures this one to better (I doubt, too unlively brew).
oh6gdx (25452) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Black beer with huge beigeish brown head. Aroma is milk chocolate, licorice, slightly wooden and also caramelly. Once it warms up some roasted malts and wood also become present. Flavour is mildly roasted malts, big time smoked wood as well as some mild bitterness. Rather sweet flavour overall. Hides the alcohol well in the flavour, but gives a little warming kick when drinking.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. A black beer with a decent off-white head. Sweet milky chocolate and licquorice in the silky inviting aroma, The taste has good roasty malts around a smooth chocolatey body. Nice alcohol hit. Good licquorice and fossil fuel flavours. Very smooth and drinkable. Some milikiness also. Very nice indeed.
sayravai (4707) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 10, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottled) Clear, dark cola brown with a smallish, lemonadey and quickly fading head. Quite strong, roasty, smoky-licoricey and milky aroma. Salty-licoricey, lightly roasty and smoky, sweetish-malty flavor with low bitterness. Alcohol is completely hidden. Medium-bodied, smooth and slicky palate with quite low carbonation. A quite enjoyable, sweetish and a bit cough-medicine-like stout. Also reminds me of A.Le Coq Jõuluporter.
ShawnMalloy (130) - Auburn, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown. I didn’t see much of a head at all. Smells deep and smoky. Tastes explodes with roasted malt, and dark chocolate. Has a very long finish that seems to get sweeter with every second.